Do Any Pros Use Unmodified Racquets?

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  1. WilsonPlayer101

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    Back in the '90s I think it was Edberg who had his Pro Staff painted to look like his signature model even though it was not the sig Pro Staff he was using. He was using the Sampras, what is it 6.0?

    I read here about how many pros add weight, change the balance and so forth but are there are any pro players who use the racquet right from the factory just as it is sold to amateurs like you and me?

    I'm just curious about this and I realize that these are pros we are talking about and they are the greatest players out there and they need to optimize their weapons in order to get an edge over their opponents so I understand why they mod their racquets but curious if any one of them just use the racquets they use in stock form.

    I tried to search this here but it's hard to do a search for this particular subject using key words.

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    To sum it up briefly, almost none...
     
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  3. DownTheLine

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    What do you consider "pros"? I bet there's some in the 300s and up that don't.
     
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  4. WilsonPlayer101

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    Actually that is a good point because there are many people who are pros just they are lo ranking. So you are right maybe some low rankers don't mod their racquets.
     
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    According to Priority 1, they don't do much customization to Federer's frame. They "sneak" in a little lead tape in the head, under the bumper guard.

    I would also suspect that the Wilson 6.1 is very popular amongst doubles players because it is close to a spec they can play with. I wouldn't think a great number of doubles players get frame customized with the exception of the top tier.

    P1 mentions that the Bryans pay to have 40 or so frames customized using their Bronze service.
     
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  6. Lindsay

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    Jan Hajek. Its the lightest frame I've ever seen a man use.
     
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    there are quite a few female pro's i've strung for who appear to simply use stock frames
     
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    Whereabouts are their rankings?
     
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    How light?
     
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    quite a few have been top 150/200
     
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    We never said that we don't do much customization to Federer's frames. Its true that we add a little lead under the bumper, but the major customization of his frames is molding a specific handle for him.

    When we started customizing his frames, he gave us a racquet that he said he liked best. We discovered a peculiarity in his handle mold. Nothing major, but it did make his handle a bit different.(I won't go into what that feature is) Since that was the one he liked, we now mold all his handles so that they have that same feature.
     
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    What is this racket he liked best and what is this pecupliarity in his grip mold?
     
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    Have you ever seen the pictures of Federers BLX 90s? The lead wraps around the whole top part of the head on both sides.
     
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    My bad, I guess what I read was in reference more to the weight/balance of the frame compared to the retail version. I surely didn't mean to imply that he played with a stock grip. But overall, isn't the frame largely the same as retail sans weight and custom grip? Thanks in advance.

    My post was paraphrasing an interview Nate Fegueson did in which he said "we sneak a bit of lead tape under the head'. This was the same interview in which he said they made Murray's Heads a little wider which was interpreted on the boards as they made the head of the Head wider. One internet professional said that they probably strung it differently as Head frames are notorious for "squatting" after stringing. It was only after a more literate person on the boards corrected the hoards and opined that the grip was made wider.
     
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  15. LPShanet

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    Some additional food for thought: Even if a pro wanted to play the exact stock specs of a frame, it is very likely that he/she would still need to do some customization/modification to make the multiple frames he/she uses match each other.

    Most manufacturers have pretty sloppy tolerances these days for their production lines, so the "exact same" racquet actually is almost never exactly the same. Weights can vary as much as 10g between frames of the same model, and balance and swingweight vary quite a bit, too.
     
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    Considering how many people (non-pro) on this board alone do it, I bet most people in the top 100,000 do. :p

    It's also worth noting it takes customization to match frames looking at most of today's standards. Everything varies so slightly, but it all adds up to and there can be noticeable differences, worst case scenario. So it's in anyone's interest with 2+ racquets to match them with lead, etc.
     
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  17. AceInYourFace

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    I dont know about unmodified but i know a pro who has played at every grand slam and he just slaps lead on (and i mean just slaps it on, lol, no real method to it) stock prince that anyone can buy at the local proshop
     
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    ^^^ Davydenko? I think I remember commentators mention that his racquet looked like a child had tried to modify the weight/balance.
     
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  19. WilsonPlayer101

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    I don't modify my racquet at all then again I ain't a pro, far from being a pro to be exact. I just find a racquet that I like and play with it. I think it's great people modify their racquets to their liking but so far I don't do that. I used to put lead tape on it but found that I am okay as long as I find a racquet I like and leave it be.
     
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    315 strung.
     
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    Wow. That's light...
     
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    thats funny, but was not Davydenko, but an american that is not that well know (you have heard of him im sure) but good enough to get in to majors
     
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    I've laid eyes on one of the Bryans' rackets at a charity auction, and it's got plain old lead tape at 3 and 9.

    That said, doesn't Roddick pride himself on playing a stock version of the racket named after him?
     
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    I tweeted the Bryans back on 6/11 and they replied that their rackets weight 360g and they string between 48-54lbs.
     
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  25. LPShanet

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    He doesn't play the stock version of his racquet. He plays an older Pure Drive (NOT the Pure Drive Roddick) with weight added.
     
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